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International Year of Pulses

Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 is the International Year of Pulses. 

Pulses are the edible dried seeds of legume crops that include dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils. They have been cultivated by civilisations around the world for over 10,000 years. As well as being a food source, pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can help increase soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.

Pulses are high in protein, fibre, essential vitamins and minerals and amino acids. They should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer. 

Pulses are included in the ‘food basket’ used by the World Food Programme in food assistance strategies in many countries in times of need. They provide a dried source of nutrients that have an excellent shelf life, but do require some preparation, such as soaking in water, to be used in a range of dishes.

The United Nations in announcing 2016 the Year of Pulses is encouraging people to make pulses a regular feature of their meals and also help the Australian economy! Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of legumes. These legumes include soybeans, lentils, chickpeas, lupins and many varieties of beans and peas.

The 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) Australian Signature Dish is a quinoa, black lentil & roasted barley salad with chickpeas, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and pomegranate in apple cider vinegar created by Alison Victor from Margaret River.

Why not give the recipe a try!